After an eventful first half, the third quarter began quite slowly. The early part of the frame was characterized by drawn-out, methodical drives that ended just shy of the end zone. The Eagles opened the second half on offense, driving 57 yards on 14 plays over 5:18 before settling for a field goal to go up 20-10. The Bills responded with a 58-yard field goal drive of their own, taking up 4:28 in the process to pull within seven points.
But after a three-and-out by the Eagles, the Bills made use of a short field, quickly getting the ball down inside the Eagles' red zone before finishing off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown run up the gut by Mike Gillislee. Going into the fourth quarter, the score is knotted up at 20 apiece. The Eagles will have the ball at the Buffalo 48 on 1st-and-10 to start the final frame.
Bradford Finding Rhythm
In the three games that preceded this one, Sam Bradford has posted an average passer rating of 106.5 and a completion percentage of 68.2 percent. So far against the Bills, the veteran signal-caller has continued to look sharp, completing 18 of his 27 passes (66.7 percent) with 175 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are hindered slightly by a handful of dropped balls by receivers on catchable passes throughout the game.
Eagles Continue To Split Up Carries
In the first half, the Eagles made an effort to split up carries between their backs, and in the third they continued to go with a balanced attack. On the day, Ryan Mathews has rushed 11 times for 37 yards, DeMarco Murray has rushed eight times for 30 yards and Darren Sproles has added 41 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Bills Keeping Taylor Upright
Early in the first half, defensive end Fletcher Cox broke free into the backfield and drove Bills signal-caller Tyrod Taylor into the dirt for an 8-yard loss on a sack. Since then, Philadelphia hasn't gotten much pressure at all on the nimble quarterback, who has 222 passing yards on a 60.0 percent completion percentage with one touchdown through the air and 46 yards on the ground on six carries.
The Eagles returned to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Buffalo Bills in their first of three home games in December. View the full gallery here...